I am just at a loss for words right now. This is pretty disturbing.
More later, probably.
ETA: Feministe, as usual, has it covered.
I wish I could say this kind of thing shocks me, but sadly it doesn’t.
Well see first of all, if you’ve threatened to in the past and didn’t, then people are less likely to take you seriously.Second, if you want to do that sort of thing, then I say do it. I mean, after a certain point one cannot bring someone who has made that decision back from the brink.Sure you can try, and from what I understand authorities were called, but is it truly tragic?Seems it’s what he wanted.Perhaps the poor bugger was better off.
Yeah, I understand the “crying wolf” psychology. But what disturbs me is that people were “egging him on.” That anyone would actively encourage another person to take his/her own life is incredibly unsettling to me.
And I know there are arguments to be made for personal freedoms that include the right to commit suicide, but it’s a far more complicated concept in my mind. I am unable, at this point, to be emotionally detached enough from the subject to argue objectively for or against any particular stance.
Perhaps he was better off. But I don’t think that’s something any of us can now. And what about he people who care about him, his family – are they better off?
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